Naomi Wolf’s “The End of America” Chapter 2 excerpt (part 1)

“After September 11, 2001, we Americans learned in dramatic new ways that we were facing a terrifying external threat. We saw it in the carnage in lower Manhattan, but the administration also used a new set of phrases that defined for us a new reality: ‘Evildoers’ who envied us and hated our freedoms were determined to annihilate us. By October 2001, the USA PATRIOT Act—that in the end, when it became law, topped 400 pages—rushed through Congress. Lawmakers passed it overwhelmingly—though many said that they had scarcely read it. Some remarked that it would have seemed unpatriotic to resist passing the law.” (pg 35)

Chapter 2: Invoke an External and Internal Threat, The End of America, by Naomi Wolf, Chelsea Green, 2007, ISBN 978-1-933392-79-0

… the USA PATRIOT Act—that in the end, when it became law, topped 400 pages—rushed through Congress. Lawmakers passed it overwhelmingly—…

Oh dear oh dear oh dear…this is not true: one lawmaker stood against the tide. Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California’s 9th District voted NO on the PATRIOT Act.

Ms. Wolf, you were batting a thousand until page 35, but you haven’t lost me. However, you should flog your fact-checker and the publisher should publicly apologize to Congresswoman Lee.

As for me, I’m over it. This will be a two part post on Chapter 2, because it has a strong finish.

Spiel redux, but I really mean it: Everyone should buy 2 copies and give one away. Give one to someone you love or just think needs a wake up call. It’s been adding up over the years, I hadn’t realized, but Naomi Wolf lays it all out for us.

This book is a deal at Overstock.com. Or you can be a really big hero and buy it from Chelsea Green, they could probably use the dough (to hire more fact checkers). GM

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